college of dentistry

As a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years, the College of Dentistry, located in Dallas, creates a synergistic environment where students learn dental medicine by caring for a diverse patient population. These patients help prepare students for the real-life challenges and opportunities awaiting them upon graduation. Since its founding, the college has graduated more than 9,000 dentists—nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas—and the largest number of dental hygienists with bachelor’s degrees in the state.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

Support the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Clinic and Education Building ($10 million)

The Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in Dallas combines health care education, innovative scientific research and community service. North Texas has many underserved communities who rely on the dental school for their oral health care services, and the need for oral health care providers continues to grow. To meet the needs of our expanding community, the college is embarking on a capital project to build a world-class clinical education facility. The goal for the project is $10 million. The new clinic building will enable the college to raise enrollment and provide increased care to the community. The Clinic and Education Building will transform dental education and heighten the college’s presence in the community. Naming opportunities begin at $25,000.

Recruit and retain faculty ($2 million)

The college seeks two $1 million endowed chairs in biomedical science and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Support the Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis ($2 million)

The mission of the CCRD is to foster scientific discovery through the integration of clinical and basic research within the college and with affiliated health centers. The CCRD serves as home for the basic and translational research enterprise within the college and provides a fertile environment for growing the translational research programs at the college. Funds for the center will be used to:

• Increase the number of extramurally funded investigators at the dental school.

• Continue the development of expertise in clinical research and increase clinical research funding at the dental school.

• Increase and foster interdisciplinary collaboration with the craniofacial clinical programs at area hospitals to promote the growth of translational research opportunities.

• Position the center as a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, alumni, and friends to reach the above goals.

Support community outreach and education efforts ($1 million)

Ongoing support is needed for the college’s successful Office of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs, which provides outreach services and programs designed to increase awareness of dental health and fosters students’ interests in the field of dentistry. Such programs include college visits to elementary schools and junior and high school field trips to the college. The college also oversees several interactive, hands-on dentistry clubs for middle, high school and college students. Support our efforts with an endowed gift of $50,000 or more.

Increase access to care ($1 million)

The college is the largest provider of oral health care in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with more than 100,000 patient visits per year. The college provides access to care through subsidized care in the outpatient dental clinic at the college as well as through low-cost dental community clinics in the Dallas area. Services are provided through the community clinics to patients of all ages, without regard to insurance coverage or ability to pay. Endowed gifts starting at $25,000 will support the college’s community clinic efforts.

Create endowed student scholarships ($1 million)

To attract exceptionally talented students and support them with the resources they need to advance oral medicine, the college seeks $1 million in scholarships. The College of Dentistry has the nation’s most diverse student population, and scholarships are an important tool for recruiting talented students from underrepresented populations. You can create a dentistry scholarship with a $25,000 endowment.

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To support the College of Dentistry and learn about endowment opportunities, contact Melissa Ogden.

melissa ogden

Melissa Ogden

Director of Development
Texas A&M Foundation
(800) 392-3310 or (214) 828-8449
mogden@txamfoundation.com

Melissa is director of development for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Dentistry. She identifies, evaluates, cultivates, solicits and provides donor relations support of major gift donors to achieve the major gift fundraising goals for the college. Melissa joined the Foundation in February 2016.